Wantage and Grove Green People's recent activities
Over 200 local people have pledged to do something personally to combat climate change.
Wantage and Grove Green People, the local community group campaigning to raise awareness of climate change [pictured], have collected more than 200 "pledge and plea" letters over the last twelve months. They now plan to send all the letters, containing nearly 400 pledges, to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Most pledges included walking, cycling or taking public transport to work and school instead of using the car. One in five pledged to recycle more household rubbish, and nearly as many pledged to grow their own fruit and veg or buy only local produce to help save food miles.
Over half the sample pledged to save energy in their own homes, for example by fitting low energy light bulbs, turning down their central heating thermostats, or switching their TV and other appliances right off rather than leaving them on standby.
The "pledge and plea" letters say: "Dear Prime Minister, I am very concerned about climate change. I believe it is vital that bold action is taken immediately, on all levels, to tackle this crucial issue. On a personal level I pledge to take the following actions. Please will you tell me what action you intend to take, on a national and international level, to combat climate change?"
Faith Culshaw, chair of Wantage and Grove Green People, commented: "We are very interested and motivated about climate change and want to do something about it. This is one issue that won't go away."